Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pulling on the hidden one - erupting the tooth

Remember the extraction of my baby tooth?

The gap on the top is the one from where the baby tooth was extracted.
There is a permanent tooth sitting inside that tooth hole which needs to be pulled down..
Now it's time, to put in the instruments which are going to pull that shy fellow down. So, after my dentist performed some clearing out of the gum around the area, she had then put on a bracket on the TINY bit of the permanent tooth that was slightly visible inside - it was quite difficult for her to get to that.

After that, a kind of a rubbery-band was placed on the permanent tooth. A bracket could not be placed on this tooth yet like the ones on the other teeth because only a VERY SMALL portion of this tooth was visible right now and the typical brackets usually require space. So a temporary rubbery-like something was attached on this tooth and it was tied by archwire to the brackets on the teeth on its sides. This would produce a tension from the brackets on the sides of the tooth and that would, eventually, pull the permanent tooth down over time.

So after the pull-down setup was done, this is how it looked.
Am not sure if you can see the permanent tooth there, but it's right there - being pulled down by the archwire.
This is gonna be a long process.

Disclaimer: If anyone is disgusted by these pictures, please press Ctrl+W (or Command+W on Mac)

The process of tooth development in which the teeth enter the mouth and become visible is called tooth eruption - wikipedia. Typically the tooth eruption of both the baby teeth and the permanent teeth has a natural schedule. But in my case, with the baby tooth having stayed for longer than normal, the eruption of the permanent tooth is now being done with artificial means.